Development of human resources for health in the WHO African region
Abstract1. In 1998 and 2002 Member States of the WHO African Region discussed and adopted resolutions1 to strengthen their capacities to optimize the utilization of their human resources for health (HRH) with a view to achieving the health objectives of the Region. These resolutions recommended priority interventions such as policy formulation and planning for the development of the health workforce, education, training and skills development, administration and management, research and regulation of health professions. 2. World Health Assembly resolutions2 also recognized the importance of human resources in health care delivery systems and proposed possible actions for reversing the negative effects of migration, strengthening nursing and midwifery, and scaling up the production of all categories of health workers. 3. WHO guidelines for policy formulation and planning were developed and disseminated in countries. Tools and guidelines to ensure quality and relevance of education and training were developed and used by countries. Five WHO collaborating centres for human resources for health were established, and five regional training centres continue to receive WHO technical and financial support. Nine medical schools and nine nursing schools were evaluated from 2002 to 2006 and supported to implement the recommendations.
Regional Committee for Africa, 59. (2011). Development of human resources for health in the WHO African region. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/1807